Mar 7, 2024

Preparing Your Motorcycle After The Winter Break.

Ian Biddle
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Reviving your motorcycle after winter storage

Reviving your motorcycle after winter storage is essential to ensure its optimal performance and durability. Here’s an enhanced guide to prepare your motorcycle for the spring roads:

Tire Integrity and Pressure

During winter, tires may deflate and develop cracks or wear. It’s vital to check the pressure and inspect the tires for damage. A tire with low tread depth should be replaced to maintain safety and performance. Remember 1mm is the legal depth for motorcycle tyres.

Battery Health

Cold weather can significantly affect battery life. Fully charge the battery and inspect the terminals for corrosion, cleaning them as needed to ensure a reliable start.

Fluids Check-Up

All fluid levels—oil, brake, and coolant—should be checked and topped up if necessary. Changing the oil is recommended if it wasn’t done prior to winter storage.

Brake System Assessment

Examine the brake pads for wear and verify that the brake fluid is at the proper level. Inspect the brake lines for any signs of damage or leaks.

Fuel System Maintenance

Stale fuel can lead to engine problems. If a fuel stabilizer wasn’t used before storage, drain the old fuel and refill with fresh gasoline. Inspect the fuel lines and filter to prevent blockages or damage.

Drive Chain and Belts Inspection

For chain drives, clean, adjust, and lubricate the chain. For belt drives, check for wear and replace if necessary.

Electrical System Check

Ensure all lights, indicators, and the horn are functioning correctly. Replace any non-working bulbs to maintain visibility and safety.

Control Systems

The throttle, clutch, and brake controls should operates smoothly. Adjust them to your preference for a comfortable ride.

Cleaning and Protection

Wash your motorcycle thoroughly to remove any residual salt or dirt from winter roads. Waxing not only enhances the appearance but also provides a protective layer for the paint.

Comprehensive Motorcycle Review

Conduct a detailed inspection of your motorcycle for any loose components or signs of wear that could compromise safety or functionality.

Safety Equipment Inspection

Evaluate your helmet, gloves, jacket, and other safety gear for any damage. Consider replacing any items that are no longer in optimal condition.

By meticulously following these steps, you’ll be set for a safe and enjoyable riding season. Remember, regular maintenance is the cornerstone of a great motorcycling experience.


If you have not ridden your bike for some time, make sure you take it easy for the first few miles to make sure you get safely back into the swing of things. Safe travels!